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  1. Feelgood Cafe: Dean Kennedy & Sparko

    Dean Kennedy, ex-Dr Feelgood Manager, & Sparko, Dr Feelgood’s original bass player, talk about one of the exhibits in our Feelgood Cafe pop-up at Chalkwell Hall.

    Click here for more info.

  2. Metal presents – Village Green: Next Generation 2014

    Metal extended the annual Village Green festival in 2014 to include a day’s activities that were exclusively performed by and for Southend school pupils – in partnership with Southend Music Education Hub. More info here.

  3. Artists and Ideas

  4. BBC2: A Space To Connect And Grow

    Footage of BBC2 Hampton Court coverage. Monty Don talking about Jeni Cairns and Sophie Antonelli’s stunning garden.

  5. A Space To Connect And Grow

    Hear Jeni Cairns and Sophie Antonelli talk about their beautiful award winning garden for The RHS Hampton Court Flower Show.

  6. Village Green 2014

    Village Green 2014 art and music festival took place at Chalkwell Park on Saturday 12 July 11am-10pm. The fantastic line up of artists and musicians included Beth OrtonEddi Reader (Fairground Attraction); Dan le Sac vs Scroobius Pip; New York ska band, The Slackers; from London Man Like Me; Youth Club, Shlomo; Danny and the Champions of the Worlds; Kathryn Williams; Eight Rounds Rapid; and hot tips to go global in the very near future, The Hosts!

    For information about Village Green 2015, click here.

  7. Heritage Open Day At Edge Hill Station

    On Saturday 14th September Metal opened their doors to people from the local community and visitors interested in arts, heritage, local and railway history as part of Heritage Open Days.  One highlight of the day was the unveiling of our new community garden gate, designed by Robyn Woolston and pupils from local primary schools, as a memorial project to the Blitz attack of November 1940 on Durning Road. People could visit Metal’s community garden, as well as the chance to explore inside the buildings and meet the artists currently in residence in our studios.

  8. Anthem

    Anthem 2012  brought together a choir of 2000 school pupils and adults from across Southend to sing a specially commissioned new piece of choral music in celebration of the Olympic Torch visit to Southend on Friday 6th July 2012.

    Metal in partnership with Southend-on-Sea Borough Council (SoSBC), Southend Education Trust (SET) and Arts Council England (ACE) were working with 34 schools and 7 Community choirs to welcome the Olympic Torch to Southend.

    Metal have commissioned the music from the renowned, Essex based composer, Tolga Kashif.


  9. Dance In Focus

    English National Ballet’s Dance in Focus exhibition: Curated by leading dance photographer Chris Nash, premiered at City Hall as a highlight of Big Dance 2012 and London 2012 Festival. This vibrant, inspiring collection of photographs by emerging dance photographers explores the energy, emotiveness and elegance of dance and movement.

    In Conversation with Chris Nash – Chris Nash gave an insight into his working practice and experiences, discussing a range of topics. An exclusive opportunity to pose questions and find out more about photographing dance.

    Here’s a short film from the event by Sparky Media Productions.

  10. Liverpool Biennial 2012: Lunch Dates

    To accompany John Cooper Clarke’s soundtrack, Guest Artists hosted a daily, free lunchtime discussion in Café Valise. A variety of creative practitioners were invited to design a menu and propose a topic for discussion each day. Including, amongst others; writer and journalist, Yasmin Alibhai Brown, novelist Rosie Thomas, stand-up comedian Shaista Aziz and choreographer Fearghus O’Conchuir. Here is a film commissioned by Metal and made by Ben Morgan during the 2012 Lunch Dates

  11. We Can Play – Liverpool

    We Can Play is a project that brings together a group of 20 talented young musicians between the ages of 11 and 17 from across Liverpool and the neighbouring boroughs (Knowsley, Halton, Sefton, St Helens and Wirral). The aim of the project is to give young people the opportunity to experiment with new techniques and styles that will go towards the development of a new piece of music. In this film the participants are improvising a soundtrack for a scene taken from the 1953 film ‘Little Fugitive’ during a session led by composer Nigel Clarke. 

  12. Light Sculptures

    Metal commissioned artist, Ron Haselden to create a light work within the wildlife garden in Southend’s well used public park, Chalkwell Park – which is where Metal’s Southend home is situated.

    He chose to work with a group of school pupils from Darlinghurst Primary School asking them to complete a set of simple pencil line drawings, responding to the theme of their favourite flower or plant. From these drawings, Ron selected six different blooms which have been faithfully translated into neon light sculptures. The lights are mounted onto 5m high wooden posts and permanently installed within the park for all to enjoy.